Party participants will get a workout trying to maneuver up the gym's various rock walls.

Hosting an active birthday party can be a challenge on a hot summer day - unless you find an indoor venue where kids can flex their muscles.

Vertical Adventures' indoor rock-climbing gym fits the bill. Party participants will get a workout trying to maneuver up the gym's various rock walls.

During the party, staff members instruct party guests on safety rules and the proper way to come down off the wall, said Carrie Roccos, who owns the business with her husband, Alexis.

"Our staff are all strong climbers and dedicated to safety," she said.

Parties also include time socializing, Roccos said.

"They're not all climbing constantly," she said.It's not physically possible. They can hang out, get a bite to eat and rest."

WHAT: Vertical Adventures

WHERE: 6295 Busch Blvd., Columbus 43229

WHY: Kids love to climb and Vertical Adventures is Columbus' only full-service, rock-climbing gym. The staff is trained to lead youngsters in safe climbing games and offer pointers to novice climbers. Parties are held in private climbing area. They are designed for kids ages 8 and older.

COST: Vertical Adventures offers several party options. Prices include harnesses for all party guests.

*Basic party, $150. Up to 10 kids can participate in a two hour party. Vertical Adventures will provide one staff member to assist during the party. The staff member will belay (hold the ropes) for the kids. Vertical Adventure also will train you or another adult with the party to belay guests. The price includes a t-shirt for the birthday child. Additional guests may be added for $12 each. A $50 deposit is required when booking. Final payment is due on the day of the party.

*Deluxe party, $200 for up to 10 kids; $250 for 11 to 15 kids; $300 for 16 to 20 kids; $350 for 21 to 25 kids. Vertical Adventures will provide all necessary staff to belay kids rather than train you or another adult. The package also includes a t-shirt for the birthday child. A deposit of $100 is required upon booking. Final payment is due on the day of the party.

Vertical Adventures' water bottles filled with goodies can be added to either package for $10 per child.

WHEN: Parties can be scheduled during regular climbing hours, which are 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 8 p.m. Saturday andnoon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

WHAT THE VENUE PROVIDES: The gym has a dedicated party room and only hosts one event at a time. They will set up the room, provide a tablecloth and help with clean-up. There is no freezer for ice cream.

WHAT YOU PROVIDE: Vertical Adventures does not have any on-site concessions. Parents must bring any food or drinks they intend to serve as well as plates, napkins, silverware, etc. Staff can provide a list of local restaurants that will deliver pizza.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In order to climb, children must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Climbers also need to wear tennis shoes while climbing.

CONTACT:;; 614-888-8393